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Fall of Rome
EQ: What caused the fall of
the Roman Empire?
Political Causes
divided empire (E&W) becomes weak
► Gov’t becomes too strict
► Many corrupt officials
 People stop supporting the gov’t
Economic Causes
► Romans
use too much slave labor
► Heavy taxes
 Required to support gov’t
► Farmers
leave their land
► Middle class disappears
Military Causes
► Visigoths
& Germanic tribes invade the
► Roman army starts to lack training and
► Romans forced to hire foreign soldiers to
defend extensive borders
Social Causes
► The
people become more and more selfish
and lazy
► Population declines
 War
 disease
Exit Ticket
► Pick
the cause that you think contributed
the most to the fall of the Roman Empire
and illustrate this cause on a ½ sheet of